Though the premise makes it sound like yet another "dumb comedy" Rob Schneider's "The Animal" is yet another dumb but intelligent comedy in a long-line of great comedy's from SNL alums including "Deuce Bigalow," "Big Daddy," and "The Waterboy."
After a car accident, wannabe cop Marvin (Schneider) is saved in a bizarre surgical procedure by an eccentric professor where animal parts are put into Marvin. As a result of the surgery Marvin gains animal-like physically heightened powers. Despite his newfound powers, Marvin must also now contend with his primal instincts including an insatiable hunger and an insatiable sex drive which manifest themselves with alarming frequency and at the most inconvenient times.
THE BEST SCENES:
1. Marvin's date
2. The Goat scene
3. The Orangutan fight
THE DVD Features:
Like most new DVDs, the features in "The Animal" are stacked and do not disappoint.
Among the cool things in the DVD are...
1. Feature length commentaries by Rob Schneider and director Luke Greenfield.
2. 4 deleted scenes.
3. An 8 minute feature interviewing members of both the cast and crew.
4. "What's In Marvin." More deleted footage highlighting the various animals in Marvin and his reactions to them.
5. Trailers for "The Animal," "Joe Dirt," "Big Daddy," and "Cable Guy."
6. Filmographies for Director Luke Greenfield, Rob Schneider, Coleen Haskell, Guy Torry and John C. McGinky.
Overall, "The Animal" is bound to please you. The premise may sound silly, but the actual product comes out smart and funny. Some of the humor is sophomoric of course, but is not all that bad (aside from perhaps the "suggested" bestiality) and the love story elements of the movie along with the mystery at the end are nice surprise. The DVD features are a nice touch.
In all, this is an overall nice package.